Donald O. Case ; Lisa M. Given
Emerald Publishing Limited
“Looking for Information: A Survey of Research on Information Seeking, Needs, and Behavior” by Donald O. Case and Lisa M. Given is a comprehensive examination of the field of information seeking, needs, and behavior. Here's what you can expect from the 4th edition of this book:
- Overview of Information Seeking: The book provides an overview of the theories, models, and frameworks that underpin the study of information seeking behavior. It explores how individuals, groups, and organizations seek, use, and evaluate information in various contexts.
- Research Methodologies: Case and Given discuss research methodologies used to study information seeking behavior, including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. They cover data collection techniques, sampling methods, data analysis procedures, and ethical considerations in information behavior research.
- Information Needs and Use: The book examines the concept of information needs and how they drive information seeking behavior. It explores different types of information needs, including task-based, affective, cognitive, and sensory needs, and how they influence information seeking strategies and outcomes.
- Information Seeking in Different Contexts: Case and Given explore information seeking behavior in different contexts, such as academic, professional, personal, and social settings. They discuss how contextual factors, such as information environments, information technologies, and cultural norms, shape information seeking practices.
- Information Retrieval Systems: The authors discuss information retrieval systems and tools used to support information seeking, such as search engines, databases, libraries, archives, and digital repositories. They examine how these systems impact information seeking behavior and information access.
- Information Literacy: The book addresses the concept of information literacy and its importance in facilitating effective information seeking behavior. It discusses strategies for developing information literacy skills, including critical thinking, evaluation of sources, and ethical use of information.
- Information Behavior in the Digital Age: Case and Given explore how the digital revolution has transformed information seeking behavior, with the proliferation of digital technologies, online resources, and social media platforms. They discuss the opportunities and challenges posed by the digital age for information seekers.
- Emerging Trends and Future Directions: The authors highlight emerging trends and future directions in the study of information seeking behavior, such as the impact of artificial intelligence, big data, and personalized recommendation systems on information access and retrieval.
“Looking for Information” is a valuable resource for researchers, practitioners, and students interested in understanding the complexities of information seeking behavior. With its comprehensive coverage, theoretical insights, and practical implications, this book provides a thorough exploration of the field of information behavior research.